A Year of Changes and Milestones

For the first 6 months of her life, Holt adoptee Molly Bicksler lived with a foster family in China. After reaching an important milestone — high school graduation — Molly felt inspired to write a letter to her former foster parents, sharing her exciting news.

I was adopted in 1995 from Nanning, China. Before my parents picked me up, I was in a loving foster home. From the pictures I’ve seen, it looks like my foster mom loved and cared for me a lot. Every Christmas, my family has sent her a card with a picture and an update on how I am doing. This year, I thought I would write a more personal letter because it has been a year of changes and milestones.

Dear Qin Xiu Zhen and Huang Yong Ming,

A day does not go by that I am not thankful for the love you showed me when I was a baby. I have a wall in my room with items from China, which constantly reminds me of where I come from. Living in America will never change my roots, and I will always keep a part of my heritage alive.

I hope one day that I can return to China and thank you. I think about all the other children in orphanages who don’t get the chance to have that one-on-one care. I am very grateful for having the privilege to have been cared for in a foster home before being adopted into a family.

Molly as a baby with her foster family in China.

I live with my mom and dad, along with two cats. I am actively involved with our church and its youth group. I enjoy reading and learning more about the world around us. I am like any other teenager, addicted to technology and all that it has to offer.

I have graduated high school and now am in college. I am pursuing a degree in nursing. In high school I was a well-rounded student who I hope you would be proud of. I sang in the chorus, participated in orchestra and chamber orchestra (I played the violin), and helped the community through Key Club. I got inducted into the National Honor Society my junior year. I even had the privilege to be an officer of several activities. I also received many acknowledgments and awards.

College is a very different experience that I am enjoying. I attend a smaller college; I don’t really care for the larger campuses. I still live at home but I do have a place to stay that is nearer to the college. Next semester I will start clinical. I can’t wait to meet the patients.

Have a Happy Holiday and Happy New Year! It’s the year of the horse!

Wǒ ài nǐ,

Yuan Bao Xi

USA

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